The Cowboys already made it clear they scored tremendous value in the 2017 draft, with executive vice president Stephen Jones having said the team came away with five of the top 68 players on its board.
So it comes as no surprise that the last of those five selections, Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods, would be the subject of some praise from fans and analysts who follow the Cowboys.
But just how big of a steal was he? Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus included the Cowboys’ selection of Woods at pick No. 191 (Round 4) . He wrote:
Woods’ 85.0 PFF coverage grade ranked 16th among safeties last season, and he adds a movable piece to the Dallas secondary that received an impressive overhaul in the draft. We expected Woods to come off the board much earlier than the sixth round, so expect him to compete for immediate playing time for the Cowboys.
The 5 foot 11, 197 pound Woods is No. 10 on PFF’s list and one of two sixth rounders, joining Wyoming center Chase Roullier (pick No. 199), who was drafted by Washington.
Woods racked up 14 interceptions and six forced fumbles in his last three seasons at Louisiana Tech.
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Bob Sturm, co host of BaD Radio for KTCK The Ticket (AM 1310/FM 96.7), weighed in on Woods (and others) Monday morning, and wrote this of the Cowboys’ newest safety:
Woods is yet another sub 6 foot defensive back and has some speed limitations that might make some nervous. But overall, at Louisiana Tech, he demonstrated some real impressive ballhawk ability and the type of range they have been looking for around here for a long time in their desire to play single high safety and have a man back there who can read and anticipate and go get the ball. He has started for four years and looks comfortable as a guy who has seen it all and is allowed to do many things in that defense.